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be the you who talks to your dermatologist about stelara®. we'll be living with box c.a.r.e. for the foreseeable future. i don't know how long it will take to replace this law. >> the republican rallying cry repeal and replace obamacare abruptly stopped with that admission from the speaker of the house. and also the investigation into wednesday's terror attack in london continues as police dig into the attacker's background. and the united states military look into accusations that recent air strikes in iraq and syria killed hundreds of civilians. these stories all ahead here. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the wosh world. i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm george howell.
"cnn newsroom" starts right now. it is 4:00 a.m. on the u.s. east coast and this was one of president's top priorities, to overturn obamacare. but weeks after negotiations, weeks of revisions, the republican leaders pulled the replacement bill without a vote as they failed to secure enough votes within their own party to pass the bill. >> no democrats supported the measure and unsurprisingly, the president predicted democrats would ultimately be blamed for not getting rid of the affordable care act when they had a chance. >> i think the losers are nancy pelosi and chuck schumer because now they own obamacare, 100% own it. and this is not a republican health care, this is not anything but a democrat health care. and they have obamacare for a little while longer until it ceases to exist, which it will at some point in the near future. and just remember, this is not
our bill, this is their bill. >> the president trump pointed the finger at democrats, but a great deal of the blame falling on the president and falling on the speaker of the house paul ryan to understand why the president's own party let him down on his first major legislative test. here is phil mattingly with more. >> reporter: the pressure, the arm twisting, the ultimatum, they have all fallen short. >> i will not sugar coast this, this is a disa pointing day for us. doing big things is hard.pointi us. doing big things is hard. all of us, myself included, we will need time to reflect on how we got to this moment, what we could have done to get it better. >> reporter: paul ryan deciding to pull the plan hours after traveling to the white house to tell the president directly he didn't have the votes to pass it. and warning one source said that the loss on the house floor could be big. >> obamacare is the law. land. it will remain the law of the land until it's replaced.
we did not have quite the votes to replace this law and so yeah, we will be living with obamacare for the foreseeable future. >> reporter: a jarring realization less than 24 hours after the president himself made his final offer, vote now or he's prepared to move on. >> i think we have to let bomt c.a.r.e. go its way for a little while and we'll see how things go. i'd love to see it do well, but it can't. it's not a question of, gee, i hope it does well. i would love to do well. i want great health care for the people of this nation. but it can't do well. items it's imploding and soon it will explode. >> reporter: democrats taking a victory lap. >> i think they might have accomplishinged something. i think the mrs. take was that they were so focused on edge bear rasing t embarrassing the affordable care act. >> reporter: the setback stunning compared to the optimism of the morning.
>> we'll get it done today. >> reporter: and a few hours on after that. >> what are you hearing? >> we'll continue talking to the members and getting ready. always confident. >> reporter: but sources tell cnn the votes simply never materialized and it became clear leaders were actually losing votes based on the compromise designed to bring conservatives aboard. the deal on the table would strip the ten essential health benefits required in insurance plansobamacare, something moderate republicans also wary of the bill was telling leaders was simply a bridge too far. this is all happening as the debate on the bill was ongoing, leading members to question what if any path forward existed and leaving the president to answer questions about a looming failure of his first and biggest legislative push. >> do you think it will pass? >> we'll see what happens. >> did you rush it do you think? >> we'll see what happens. >> reporter: stunned silence, that's what house republican leaders with your met with when
they told their members the simple message this evening. trump is done. that means this issue that they have campaigned on cycle after cycle, year after year, obamacare repeal is not happening. not just now, not just in a couple weeks, it is not happening, period. and that is a jarring realizati realization, but it's the reality. now with health care off the table, now with the biggest failure by far of this administration sitting plainly in front of them, will they ever figure out a way to get together and work together. we'll see. phil mattingly, cnn, capitol hill. >> phil mattingly has been all over this story. thanks for the reporting. winds of blame surely are blowing, but bernie sanders is saying washington missed the big picture, the need guaranteed health care for all americans regardless of income. here's what he had to say earlier to anderson cooper. >> not just a media game. nobody really cares that it's a failure of trump or a failure of
ryan. what the american people are asking is how does it happen. that we are the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all people as right. and i'm talking to you tonight 50 miles away from the canadian border. we can get there in an hour. they manage to provide health care for ever man, woman and child in their country and at half the cost of person than we do. the cost of drugs significantly lower than in the united states. so the question is why are we not moving forward with a medicare for all, single payor program guaranteeing health care for all people which would be more cost gekt i have effectivee currently have. >> the bill likely would have suffered a lopsided defeat. many moderate republicans stood strong in opposition to it in defiance ever tof the white hou. take a listen to congressman mike turner speaking to kate
boldu bolduan. >> it certainly is a process that is worthy much continuing. it's not that bill. if they do a postmortem, they will find that there are serious flaws in the bill. programs perhaps we need to move forward with a bill that can protect the american public and a bill that people see real savings and real reductions in health care premiums and quality of care for the future. >> let's break down this failure to repeal obamacare. scott lucas is a professor of international politics at the university of birmingham in england. thank you, scott, for joining us. candidate trump said it over and over and over again on the campaign trailing. and as you've heard, this had been a promise of republicans for so long to repeal obamacare and it failed. who do you point to for that? >> you point to the people who tried to put the legislation through. let's strip away any mostly
cloudy screens. that it's the democrats, that it's little green men from mars. the gop leadership pushed this bill through very quickly because they expected they would get an easy ride in the house of representatives. remember, they have a 43 seat majority. but when they crafted it, they did not anticipate the reaction not from moderates, i think they not they could ram it through and didn't anticipate that conservatives would want an entougher bill. so when that started to mobilize and even clear that the conservatives could defeat this, then they made concessions to that hard line wing including stripping things like maternity care. but then that alienated more moderate republicans and you are where you are. so it's the gop leadership and prrd and h president trump and his advisors thinking that they could bully it through. but ultimately bernie sanders is right, the big failure is that the issue is trying to get a sensible system of health care for a all americans rather than playing polling ticks which is
boo obama care oirks yay for anything which will repeal it. >> we heard nancy pelosi saying that they seem to more focus on embarrassing the health care act rather than improving it. do you think that is true? >> i think the big thing here, and this will be the question that they will want to ask, could they have worked with democrats, with moderate republicans, not to give the big headline obamacare is buried long live the king of the american health care act, but to try to get reforms, to try to get changes which would ensure that americans could still retain the insurance that many of them have obtained in the last eight years while dealing with issues like we want to make sure that the premiums stayed low, deductibles stayed low and that insurance companies don't gain the system. i think they would have had traction on that. but from day one, the gop leadership didn't want this and to be honest but, donald trump for all his talk about the art of the deal isn't one who wants to deal with the opposition.
>> and the devil's in the details as well. so the question is how does he carry on and get his campaign promises approved without the opposition? many merns votamericans voted f because they were fed up with washington and today we just saw more finger pointing and blame being passed around. hardly seems like a new day. >> trump gave it away yesterday, okay, obamacare, we got to put up with it, let's let the health care system crash and burn. now i'll talk to you about tax cuts. so they will scramble to get through some type of headline legislation about how we'll all get an economic benefit from a wondrous bill, but tax reform is not easy. so they have got quite a road ahead of them and quite some time to fill. and remember, this is in a week when the fbi has confirmed the big story that there is an investigation of russia
between-of will of ties between russia and trump's associates. so that story will retake the headlines. and president trump never ran against washington. president trump is part of the establishment.idea that he was draining the swamp was always an illusion. now he's in the swamp and he has to figure out if he makes it deeper, if about there is some way out. >> right. almost time to take a hard look at his tactics and what will succeed. what has he learned from are this possibly or what do you hope he's learned from this? >> i'll leave to your viewers to decide if president trump ever actually learns or if doubles down on his bet. i think the question is what might be advisors has learned. we know the white house has been slit between a pragmatism wing and hard line, fire breathers like steve bannon who are just full speed ahead. i think that they will have to rein in the hard right ideologues and think about working with congress and a lot more groups besides this it.
but i'm just not sure if this white house or people like bannon and steven miller is set up for them. >> scott lucas in birmingham, thank you. a top aide to the former u.s. president is set to testify over alleged kremlin ties to the trump campaign. the chairman of the u.s. house intelligence committee says this man, paul manafort, has offered to speak to the committee. two other trump advisers may also testify. >> as scott was just talking about, this looms over the trump presidency and manafort served as mr. trump's campaign chairman for several critical months in the 2016 presidential race. he's also faced accusations over ties to ukraine's former pro-russian president. the news comes as ukraine blames moscow for killing a kremlin critic. fred pleitgen has more. and a warning, his report contains graphic video. >> reporter: a day after the
murder of a kremlin critic, this individual use has surfaced, obtained by ukrainian broadcaster, it purports to show then company was killed, his bodyguard wounded. and now the diplomatic mudinfor killed, his bodyguard wounded. and now the diplomatic mud slinging has kicked into year. one blaim claiming that the assassin acted on russia's orders. i can say with certainty that dennis information in an cough has been murdered by the issue of special services a sits zen ev citizen ofin an cough has been murdered by the issue of special services a sits zen citizen of ukraine. frgs information shen company branded it russia state terrorism and on a visit to ukranian security forces on friday linked to another mysterious ukranian journalist and to a massive fire in ukranian ammunition depot. it's a matter of honor for our
law enforcement he said and to disclose the murders and the sabotage. tens of thousands of people had to be evacuated in a ten kilometer radius around the annual ammo dump. ukraine accuses russia of setting it on fire. russia says it is absurd and ukraine is turning into a terrorist state unable to protect its citizens. other russian lawmakers chiming in. while the dead bodies are still being inspected and not even in the morgue yet, the head of the state makes such allegations of russian state terrorism. what does this tell us? this is a ready-made scenario this right wing politician said. ukranian authorities say they are looking for the driver who possibly dropped the killer off
at the scene. but even as the investigation progresses, the case has already become highly politicized and another lightning rod between the adversaries russia and ukraine. fr fred pleitgen, cnn. still ahead, british police are look for answers in the aftermath of the terror attack that rokd london. the latest on the investigation. and also ahead here, candidates make their case to hong kong voters. we'll tell you why only a handful of votes actually matter. pain used to shut me down during pick-up games.
. welcome back. british investigators are working to piece together the lead up to wednesday's deadly terror attack in london. two of the 11 people arrested are still in custody. >> authorities though haven't said if that means 52-year-old khalid masood may have had help in carrying out the attack. he was shot to death by police, scotland yard's top counter officer is urging people who knew masood to provide information. >> we remain wanting to hear from anyone who knew khalid masood well.
anybody who understands who his associates were, anyone who could provide information about the places he's recently visited. there might well be people out there who did have concerns about masood, but weren't sure or didn't feel comfortable for whatever reason passing that information to us. >> let's cross over live to london. nina dos santos is following the investigation. nina, good to have you with us. finding masood will be very important for investigators to determine whether he lad ahad a interaction with other extremists. do we know anything more about the two people who are in custody at this point? >> reporter: well, we don't know their names or identities, but we do know that one won one is5 would man and the other a 27-year-old man both from birmingham. it is the focal point of the investigation because it seems that khalid masood actually
lived there for some time and he embarked upon his journey from there sfrifrom another city in southeast where he stayed in a hotel and then moved to london to conduct this atrocity. apart from knows two people who are in custody, they were arrested on thursday, we have had about 11 arrests over the last three days that this investigation has been proceeding. most of those people have been released without charge. so six of them have been released without charge, but two of them have actually been released under bail pending any further lines of investigation that come forward. and authorities at this point are desperately trying to appeal to witnesses, appeal to anybody who is within khalid masood's present or previous social circles to come forward and say if you knew anything about him, anything about his past, anything about the time when he converted to islam, we really want to speak to you. we want you to speak up now rather than eventually us having
to come and find you. so that will be part of the line of investigation. we know that over the last few days, about 20 properties have been raided across various parts of the united kingdom, some were the properties of these people who were arrested, some still as you were saying in custody, some now released. and they have managed to gather together thousands of pieces of evidence, a lot of that will be computer data, they will be trying to go through who he was in contact with before this attack took place and crucially who he was in contact with immediately before the attack took place. >> if history is a guide when it comes to extremist attackers, typically younger, right? so at 52 years old, masood didn't fit the usual profile. what more do we know about him? if. >> reporter: that is one thing that investigators are also raising. when it comes to some sides ever his profile, we have had skin incidents where muslim converts
have committed acts. so there are elements that might fit a more traditional dare i say pattern of what we've seen in the past. but when it comes to his age, that really is interesting because if you look at the brussels, nice, berlin attacker, paris attackers, they all are much younger age using a lot of sophisticated technology and encrypted apps to share information with other extremists as well. the big question is was he using that same modus operandi or had he been radical siized through other persons. and it has prompted conversations about whether or not mi-5 should be looking at an older profile as well when they investigate extremists and monitor them. >> nina dos santos, thank you for the reporting. we'll with stay in touch with you as we would. it is campaign season in
hong kong with the vote to choose its new leader set for sunday. >> three candidates are vying for the job, but despite opinion polls and debates, most people in hong kong don't get to vote. here is kristie lu stout. >> reporter:ed a dord by the public on the streets, political watchers see him as the people's choice for the territory's next leader. he's ahead in the latest opinion polls. he came out in top in televised debates and he's raised more than $600,000 from members of the public who have long called him mr. spripringles for his mustache. but popularity does not guarantee success. choosing the next leader lies in the hands of beijing and a 1200 member committee of voters drawn mostly from the city's wealthy elites. campaigners have been trying to change this political system for decades, culminating in the pro democracy umbrella movement
protest in 2014 which ultimately failed in its goal. now u.s. educated man says he wants to put the goal of one man one vote firmly back on the agenda. >> i think that is very important, the true aspiration of hong kong people to have the vote. >> reporter: but if selected, tsang would ever rock the boat with china, he is firmly establishment with more than three decades working in hong kong government. he is seen as a marker of approval from beijing. >> hong kong has always been a part of china. chinese culture permeates everywhere. >> reporter: still, tsang's main rival is the favorite to win in the vote. she was second in command to the current leader and says she wants to heal the city's social divide. >> translator: when mainstream
opinion is different from mine, i will accept hong kong's people opini opinion. >> reporter: cnn has requested and interview with kerry lamb. tsang says their main difference is in his approach with the people. >> i am someone who people can talk to, i listen to people. i understand the community of hong kong. >> reporter: outside third in this race is a retired judge who says he would bring in laws to ban china from meddling in hong kong's affairs ppts winner in the race will lead hong kong until 2022. in this election which is hardly democratic, john tsang continues to work the campaign trail and on social media. a keen athlete, he also practices martial arts. >> are you a kung fu fighter? >> i can if i want to. >> reporter: meaning that he's not given up on the election battle just yet. kristie lu stout, cnn, hong
kong. the u.s. military is investigating whether it is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians in air strikes across syria and iraq. we'll look in about to that next. also ahead, the white house posts a big defeat in congress over one of its top priorities and now the blame game begins. cnn is live from atlanta, georgia. this is "cnn newsroom." today, unlimited gets the network it deserves. verizon.
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are the headlines. just two of the 11 people arrested in connection to wednesday's terror attack in london remain in custody. police say both men were arrested thursday. it's not clear what connection dhee have to the actual attacker who police shot dead. former trump campaign chairman paul manafort will testify before the u.s. house intelligence committee. this is according to the house committee chairman. two other former trump advisers, carter page and roger stone, will also testify. far right are prench presidential candidate marine le pen is reaffirming her support for dropping eu sanctions against russia. she met with vladimir putin at the kremlin friday and says he represents a new vision for the world. mr. putin told the national front leader he has no plans to meddle in the french election. in canada, the biggest school system there says it will
no longer allow school trip to the yunld citing uncertainty over the president's suspended travel ban. the toronto school district board says it doesn't want students and staff to be turned away at the border. u.s. republicans long promised a plan to repeal and replace obama care, the affordable care act and it's hit a sizable road block. they were forced to pull their own republican bill. the american health care act. when it became clear they didn't have the votes to pass it. paul ryan who played a big part in crafting the legislation spoke franly about the loss. >> we came really close today, but we came up short. i spoke to the president just a little while ago and i told him that the best thing i think do is to pull the bill and he agreed with that decision. i will not sugarcoat this, this is a disappointing day for us. obamacare will remain the law of the land. my worry is obamacare is going to be getting even worse.
>> president trump was quick to shift the blame after his highly touted deal making skills didn't cut it. he accused democrats of spoiling the plan even though his party has the white house and both chambers of congress. house minority leader democrat nancy pelosi was asked if democrats are getting any satisfaction out of the republicans' stumbles. >> there was a way for them to advance their legislation in a way that was professional, worthy of the house of representatives, being respectful of the people who were watching because it affects them very personally. so there is nothing gleeful about this for us. >> the president says that he is content to let obamacare run its course and keep pointing the finger at democrats. but part of the reason his bill failed is a key obamacare provision that might have been taken away. our dr. sanjay gupta breaks down
one of the most important aspects of any health care plan. >> let me take a moment to explain something to you that you've probably heard a lot about, essential health benefits. now, while there are things we can all choose about our health care plan, under obamacare all the providers had to guarantee an essential minimum level of coverage like preventive services, prescription drug coverage as well as maternity and newborn care. they also have to cover emergency room care including the ambulance that might take you there. they have to provide coverage for in-hospital stays including the operation that could be necessary while you're in the hospital. now, some people argue that you shouldn't have to pay for all that, that you should be able to buy plans that don't cover in-hospital care for example and thus save money on your monthly premium payments. these are so-called skinny plans or junk plan, plans that don't have the essential health benefits. here is the rub. most people just don't know if or when they will get sick be. and that's why we have insurance in the first place.
and it's not just your health we're talking about, but also your wealth. in 2009 before obamacare, medical cost were the reason for 62% of bankruptcies in the united states. most of those people had insurance, just not very good plans. make sure whatever health care plan you purchase that insurance will cover you for the things that you can anticipate, but also for the things you can't. >> dr. sanjay gupta on cnn digital there. the pentagon is investigating reports that up to 300 civilians were killed in u.s. led air strikes this both syria and iraq. >> the military coalition has been conducting strikes in an effort to drive out terror groups mainly isis. barbara starr has details from the pentagon. >> reporter: one of the most widespread allegations that u.s. air strikes this month in mosul, iraq may have caused up to 200 or more civilian deaths. wi what the u.s. military is saying is that they are aware of the
allegations from social media, from activist groups, from iraqis. and they are looking into it. this was in west mosul, herly populated. there were a number of air strikes over recent days. there have been social media reports and videos emerging of civilians killed in the area. the u.s. military says it was bombing in that area, but it is trying to really get fidelity, did it bomb these buildings, were civilian casualties caused. they are also looking in about to a recent strike near a mosque. civilians said to be killed there. they are look into yet another case of a school building bombed north of raqqah, syria. more than 30 civilians were seeking shelter in that building it is said, they are looking into those allegations as well. no final answer on any of these, but a number of investigations
now under way and the u.s. military insists if it is said to be found to be responsible, it will take that responsibility. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. joining us now to talk more about this is lieutenant colonel rick francona, milg taker itary. good to have you with us. let's talk about the u.s. military investigating what has been 300 civilian deaths in just a month, three different instances that they are looking at. is this just a matter of not getting the right information, is this to be expected in this type of offer agansive? >> as isis has pushed closer into these densely populated areas both in mosul and soon to be in raqqah, we can expect an uptick in civilian casualties. but these numbers are pretty startling. as we expected it, we never expected to go up this high. so on what has changed other
than the situation on the ground? is there changing in the targeting, are we having intelligence problems, or are we just hitting the wrong targets. so i think that the investigation that centcom will launch will try to answer those, but i think that this is a situation that will continue as i said as we get closer into this urban filgt. urban fighting is the most dangerous for civilians and as we know, isis is using all of these civilians as shields as we get closer to the final battles. >> but here is the thing as this investigation continues, there will be no pause in the efforts there on the ground. >> that's what centcom has said, they said that the fighting will continue. and i think that is probably wise because we don't know exactly what happened and we won't know until that investigation continues. this may be a lot of human shield activity, a lot of it engineer the by isis. isis would love to have us call a pause to the offensive activity r different so they ca because they are back on their
heels. it's just a matter of time before the allied forces win. so they would love to have some sort of a respite from this onslaught. i think centcom is smart not do that, but i also think that they need to look validation process. >> help our viewers understand the situation there for the many civilians who are caught up in the middle of this. we talkqqah raqqah, mosul, but when many are being used as human sheield, ho are officials on the ground supposed to work around that? >> first thing they have to know that they are there. sometimes isis will set up four to five positions and they will bring in civilians in amongst them and a lot of times we don't know that. when you don't have u.s. forces on the ground, air force combat controllers or u.s. army special forces, somebody that actually
can put eyes on the targets, it's very difficult. so we're relying on drones, static photography, things like that. so it's much more difficult to find out what the actual ground truth is. so when you strike these targets, you're not always sure exactly what is in there. you do the best you can. and listen, this is something that the military takes very seriously. no one wants to kill civilians. unfortunately, it's just a fact of modern warfare when you're putting high explosive organs into very confined areas, people will get killed. we try to minimize that, but unfortunately, i don't see a real quick solution to this. >> colonel, thanks so much for taking time with us. airports across the middle east and north africa are bracing for a very busy weekend. >> new restrictions are taking effect for certain electronic devices. we'll have a report from dubai coming up here.
flying to the united states and the united kingdom from some airports in the middle east and north africa is about to get much more complicated. several airlines now must stop passengers from bringing laptops and other large electronic devices into a plane's cabin due to new restrictions that take effect this weekend. >> safety restrictions. the move is attributed to concerns about potential terrorist attention. john definite teirry shows us hw it affects millions. >> reporter: and the added twist of an electronics ban going into effect for flights to the united states. paul griffiths is ceo for dubai airports. >> we have our teams mobilized, we've offered all the assistance we can get to both customers and the security forces that have to enforce this. obviously it may not go completely smoothly, but we are pretty adept at change and ad t
adopting new things and new thinking. and if it doesn't work, we will do something different that will work. >> reporter: emirates airline is allowing transit passengers to gate check their laptops and tablets. and offering some flexibilities for passengers originating here in dubai, as well. this hub has had its fair share of challenges as a major bridge. sars, obama and even the u.s. travel ban at the start of the year. so i asked the ceo to rank the impact of this electronics ban. >> fortunately all those this will have a significant impact to some of our passengers, about 250,000 over the month of february for example flew to the u.s. say from dubai international, this is about 4.6% of our total passengers. so so long as we can very carefully look after that fairly small percentage of the overall number that come through here, and deliver a really good ser swris to them, then i don't
think we'll have too much of a difficulty. >> reporter: and to try to lighten the mood, emirates entook to social media to advertise benefits of its in-flight entertainment system asking who needs laptops and tabletses on the flight anyway? the president of emirates airlines says he worries that it spreads like a contagion and does not become a practice for just officer six montver six mo standard procedure in the industry. john defterios, cnn money. and go back to reading a good book on the airplane. hilario hilarious. how sad. derak is here because we have to talk about severe weather threatening the southeastern u.s. >> it's been a multiday severe weather event that took place actually. and this is actually spring 2.0 or i should say winter 2.0. if you're in about denver, you know what i'm talking about.
yeah, that was interstate 70 on friday. not nice. that is the cold side of the system of course. what happens when you get cold weather interacting with a warm air mass? you get the collision of air masses and severe weather breaks out. that is what we're talking about. come back to the graphics and you'll see the active thunderstorms that took place on friday. eight report of hail damage. we had 35 wind reports. in fact a few roofs taken offer of houses. one tornado report, but this was not from this particular system. actually it was in the state of washington. unaffiliated area of low pressure. but nonetheless, still another severe weather threat goes on into the day on saturday. and then another storm system develops by sunday and into monday. so a very active weather pattern, we're starting to work into it and continue through. of course this is spring. but with winter images coming out denver like we saw, we have to double check what season on we're in. here is the storm system, don't
need to be much of a meet roll gois pick out where this thing is centered. right where you see the big curly q with the cloud cover, that is the center of the low pressure system. and if we're going to get into the details, check this out. just west of the jackson, mississippi refugee oranges we have a line of strong storms, that has had wind gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour. so this could still be damaging. we have severe thunderstorm watch boxes for this that area and tornado watch box across central southern louisiana, but that should expire within the next coming minutes. as get the daytime heating from the sun, we'll see the storms refire once again and we'll see the threat shift to the east. so 00 friday, it was centered across texas, parts ever oklahoma, louisiana, arkansas. but now today being saturday across the united states, this is the area we're focusing in on. damaging winds, large hail and potential of tornadoes, western sections of alabama into mississippi as well as parts of tennessee, even into parts of
kentucky. all right. so we talked about what is happening on the ground. let's take you to the outer space. this is great video from the latest nasa spacewalk. 30 astronauts took part in this procedure kind of revarming the international space station allowing for, get this, taxis for the public to head out to space. they had to retrofit the iss to make sure that you, me, people like us can get up to visit it here in the near future. i'm thinking we develop an app and just order our next spaceship. >> yeah. >> beam me up. >> thank you. european leaders are marking a big anniversary, but it is no party apparently. the treaty of rome was signed 60 years ago today. and i think you know what that might be. >> that's right, it gave birth to the european union. a look at why it's mainly united
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e uchlg eu risks dying. he spoke at the vatican friday on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the treaty of rome. >> and that document started the political project that became today's european union. the pope said the rise of populism and the current economic and migration crises can be overcome. >> right now europe's leaders are gathering to mark the anniversary. >> but celebrations have been muted. we go to rome live with more about it. >> reporter: there is tension in the air here in rome today. there are six separate protests against and for the european union here, authorities are concerned that some clashes may break out among these groups. but those inside the very protected blue and green zone as they're calling it inside the city are set to sign a document towards unity going forward. a couple of countries, poland and greece, had kicked up a duster early in the week saying they weren't going to sign the document going forward, but as far as we know, everybody has
come around to sign that. of course with brexit and with various other crises right now facing the european union, it is ever more important to show a sign of unity among these leaders as they go forward with the european union without the united kingdom in it. but today i think we'll see a mom moment of celebration inside the protected area, but the streets i think we'll see how people really feel about the european union, whether they're standing up for it or fighting against it. >> and you mentioned the protest groups. who makes up the groups? >> reporter: well, we have everybody represented. you can pick any cause you're for or against. as i said, there are six protests, four are moving marches, two of them are sit-ins. and we have very extreme far right sitting in, they're against immigration and the migrant refugee crisis that is gripping italy. there has been a 60% increase in migrants and refugees so far
this year alone. and you have a froprotest with e from the uk who have come to 2k34r0 demonstrate with their support for the ooeuropean union, they e against brexit. and they are concerned that some groups will unite during the day. you have left, right and center involved in the mix. >> we'll certainly be watching. ba barbie, thank you very much. and thank you for watching "cnn newsroom." i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm george howell. the news continues right after the break. you are watching cnn. today we're gonna -hi. be comparing the roll-formed steel bed of the chevy silverado to the aluminum bed of this competitor's truck. awesome.
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